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1920 Dort Model 10 Roadster - Museum Survivor

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This is a 1920 Dort Model 10 Roadster with a semi-boat tail style body.  I bought this car from the Wells Antique Auto Museum in 1990.
The car was purchased by the museum owner in the 1950's and always kept inside a building.
Since that time, the Dort has been featured on loan to several museums from Maine to Florida. 
As far as I know, this is the only 1920 Model 10 Roadster known to exist and soon to be 100 years old.
The Dort is in exceptional original condition with one older repaint. There has never been any rust or body repair.
The top, interior, linoleum floorboards and running boards are original, as well as the running gear and engine.
All of the wood is in excellent condition. The Dort is in good running and driving condition.  All of the lights and horn are working.
The Dort has a Lycoming engine which was used in many quality cars such as Auburn and Cord.
The speedometer does not work and I assume the cable is broken. There is a spare engine, original side curtains and other parts which are included with the car.   I have all of the original paperwork and owners information including Maine registrations.
The Dort has an older Florida title and is currently registered in Rhode Island where the car is garaged.
This rare car needs a new caretaker for the next 100 years. The Dort is on ebay with a starting bid of $14,500.  I am available for questions at 401-447-9990. Please leave a message and I will call you back as I am not able to answer during work hours .IMG_3853.thumb.JPG.900e01f5bebcb58d3e6aa9580c8ad8cb.JPGIMG_3839.thumb.JPG.ff29998a522e2f216e01db9cec11bc35.JPGIMG_3836.thumb.JPG.1a346c48775333d4be95f84769166d92.JPGIMG_3832.thumb.JPG.cddd406c733eb178fcc0e29f825f4fb0.JPGIMG_3833.thumb.JPG.585ffb2c2d558f34d2beb40d48065fae.JPGIMG_3841.thumb.JPG.e237f81444df7a82cd46543f4fe7c5e1.JPGIMG_3840.thumb.JPG.76c34b997dd2e1533f36c186e48fb01f.JPGIMG_3842.thumb.JPG.2397f9c21a986a9a1e676ece7793794d.JPGIMG_3843.thumb.JPG.e1f1a7b14954ec205016f0ae8baae224.JPGIMG_3858.thumb.JPG.7bcc23968bfd721e2d240f1ee4acc809.JPGIMG_3846.thumb.JPG.cf8499d153c86a8cd501d680f6efd460.JPGIMG_3851.thumb.JPG.09f77cb199bd3ce4fc3d7a14e8144673.JPGIMG_3845.thumb.JPG.521aa408ba42b87b69ff455ba5706c92.JPGIMG_3860.thumb.JPG.ac686eadb5ac62b72a9a87b00f8dca24.JPGIMG_3859.thumb.JPG.ccbe429a6b6bb3e6f5ba3c520b32a9e3.JPGIMG_3861.JPG.a28a06bcebf29c813322633616e56e01.JPGIMG_3830.thumb.JPG.415354572c88f82b080205408df3a64d.JPG

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Nice looking car. What explanation can you give that it was owned by a museum in Maine, then purchased by you & registered in Rhode Island & yet no one bothered to transfer the Florida title so it can be legally sold? I'm not positive, but I do think most states require the title to be in the seller's name in order for the seller to sell the car.

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I am a buyer at $8,000 and I will take it as is paper work wise. I can straighten out any issues if any. Thanks George Albright,Ocala Florida. Cell 352 843 1624. Email gnalbright@gnail.com 

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I should let the OP answer this, but it seems that many many people presume that all states have the same or similar laws. What really irks me is that so many state DMV departments seem oblivious to the fact that their rules don't apply everywhere. It's a gross demonstration of government malfeasance that there isn't some sort of manual that covers this.

 

Rhode Island does not (i.e. will not) issue titles for any car made before 2001 and only started issuing titles in the late 70s or early 80s. I once tried to get a title for a 1905 Cadillac so I could sell it in Pennsylvania - there was no way they would issue one.

I suspect Maine is the same or has similar laws so it would be impossible to transfer a title. I have a car with a Kansas title but cannot "transfer" it to RI because there is no such thing as a title for an antique car.

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The State of Rhode Island will issue a Proof of Ownership letter as long as the vehicle is registered in the State of Rhode Island which the Dort is.

I've sold several autos with the same Bill of Sale, Proof of Ownership Letter and current Registration and the new owners have not had a problem. I can not speak for all states but the ones I can think of are Ohio, Maryland, Texas and Connecticut. But, the buyers may have been dealers.

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My offer of $8,000 still stands. The car is definitely worth more but my three children in college are bankrupting me! Thanks George Albright 

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The paperwork the seller has is all a buyer will need.  If a car is registered in one of the 50 states to the owner/seller, it can be transferred to any other state or country.  Quite simple.  

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Looks like the Dort has been sold; at least according to eBay.

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sn't some sort of manual that covers this.

 

 

 

there is- called the Polk manual. I own one as does every dmv.

 

that RI registration is the same as every other states titles. Some states use "titles" and some "registrations"

 

in the end- all the same...........

 

too many guys get their liver in a quiver over paperwork- because they havent a clue as to what they are talking about.

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J Dallas Dort was a friend and business partner of William C Durant and both owned the Durant-Dort Carriage works in Flint, Michigan. When Durant took over Buick, Dort was there, but later broke off to create his own car company. Dort died in 1923 and his car company too soon after. Dort Cars are covered by the Durant Motors Automobile Club (www.durantmotors.org). In Canada they were built as Gray-Dort.  A nice little car to have for sure.

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On 6/12/2019 at 3:48 PM, mercer09 said:

there is- called the Polk manual. I own one as does every dmv.

 

that RI registration is the same as every other states titles. Some states use "titles" and some "registrations"

 

 

I wish I'd known that when dealing with the Pennsylvania DVM... they had obviously never heard of it.

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I wish I'd known that when dealing with the Pennsylvania DVM... they had obviously never heard of it.

 

 

 

easy method-in PA they use tag agencies and the trick is finding the right one- not dealing with dmv.

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